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Governance Synergy of National Consolidated Development Board-NCDB

National Consolidated Development Board-NCDB seek to strengthen public procurement by incorporating a robust legal and regulatory framework, procedures, policy instruments and mechanisms for increased capacity, visibility, accountability and public confidence through adoption of technological advances for the effective and efficient management of public resources that will foster economic growth.

NCDB governance processes are anchored in the Institutional framework for Infrastructure Development in Africa. The main objective of this programe is to create an integrated and enabling management environment capable of enhancing the capacity of the African Union and its institutions to streamline all efforts into tangible achievements.
NCDB comprises two mechanisms including decision-making and implementation that are defined with respect to the political mandates of the participating institutions.

The Committee for Project Development The main function of this body is to review selected projects and ensure coherence and harmonisation across sectors, arbitrate and approve priority projects, as well as provide strategic guidance for resource mobilisation and technical co-operation. It also reviews project or programme implementation reports and may resolve any issue brought to its attention The Committee advises the NCDB Executive Council on ways of tackling challenges in the implementation of projects and guarantees successful realisation of the programme by 2020. They advises on technical economic and financial relevance on sectoral infrastructure projects and programmes. It is responsible for evaluating the status of implementation, identifying challenges and recommending ways to improve working processes within NCDB.

Vision of National Consolidated Development Board-NCDB:

  • To become a world-class, efficient, transparent, accountable and professionally managed public sector procurement system in Africa, which enjoys high level of business confidence, and ensures consistent attainment of best value for money in the procurement of goods, works and services, in support of Continental development and fiscal policies. To institutionalize transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, fairness and accountability within the procurement system ensuring compatibility with internationally acceptable standards and best practices.

Mandate of National Consolidated Development Board-NCDB:

  • This exercise was to improve the overall public financial management in African States. The reform exercise identified shortcoming and organizational weaknesses inherent in the country’s procurement system. These include the absence of a comprehensive public procurement policy and the lack of a comprehensive legal regime to safeguard the integrity of the public procurement system. Others are the absence of a central body with the requisite capability, technical expertise and competence to develop a coherent public procurement policy.
  • Rules and regulations are required to guide, direct, train as well as adequately monitor public procurement. Furthermore, the absence of clearly defined roles and responsibilities of individual procurement entities is a problem. There is no independent appeals process with power to address complaints from aggrieved bidders and provide corrective remedies. The lack of a clearly defined authority to allow procurement entities to undertake the procurement of goods, works and services with funds appropriated to them weakened the system and also needs to be addressed.

  • The absence of authority to dispose of public assets and the fact that there is no procurement auditing function by independent government officials or their appointed agents to ensure efficient accountability is also an omission in the present set up. In order to eliminate the various shortcomings and organizational weaknesses in the public procurement process, it is considered desirable to enact a comprehensive procurement law. This is to be supported with standard tender documents. Appropriate administrative and institutional arrangements are to be made with an oversight body to superintend the public procurement system.

  • The new structure will promote the use public procurement as a tool for national development. It will harmonize the application of procurement related rules with International conventions and treaties. It is expected to foster competition, efficiency, transparency and accountability in the public procurement process. There will be equal access for any citizen to participate in the public procurement process. The commission provides for a comprehensive public procurement system and establishes the Procurement Board that takes into account country's' decentralization policy and local industry development.